Whether you need a great pair of men’s vegan shoes for work or other dress up occasions, or for relaxed and casual comfort, you’ll find them here. And many of the vegan men’s shoes featured here take it up a notch on the socially conscious scale because they’re also made with eco-friendly materials, such a sustainable hemp, cork, and plant-based, vegan microfibers.
I tried to organize them into logical categories, including vegan oxfords and vegan skate shoes and boat shoes, but many could easily fall into multiple categories, so be sure to scroll through to see them all. And if you’re looking for a great pair of vegan men’s boots, you can see those in my Cool Men’s Boots guide on UniGuide. Enjoy!
Will’s Vegan Shoes takes classic fashionable men’s dress shoes to a whole new level. Will’s is one of my favorite men’s shoe brands because not only is the entire line 100% vegan, all of their shoes are made in ethical working conditions in Portugal and Italy. And, it gets better: The vegan leathers and suedes used in Will’s designs are plant-based, meeting the OEKO-TEX® textile standard, which ensures the materials used in the shoes meet strict chemical-safety standards. In addition, Will’s line is produced from a carbon-neutral supply chain, as well as carbon neutral operations. Will’s also ships their shoes in sustainable, eco-friendly packaging that can be recycled. You can see some of Will’s vegan boots in my post on Cool Men’s Boots.
Brave GentleMan’s founder Joshua Katcher wasn’t satisfied with creating a line of high-fashion men’s shoes, he insisted his shoes be created by workers who are producing them in safe working conditions while earning a living wage. His 100% vegan line is EU Ecolabel certified, which means all of his shoes meet strict European Union environmental safety standards.
An artisanal footwear brand, Brazilian shoemaker Ahimsa also produces 100% cruelty-free shoes with a focus on doing so sustainably. A socially conscious footwear company, Ahimsa’s mission is to create “a more conscious society, one day completely free of cruelty.” All of Ahimsa’s shoes are made in their own factory, where they ensure their workers are treated well and make a living wage.
If you want to go the less expensive route for your vegan dress shoes, Metrocharm makes a variety of styles in polyurethane faux leather. While it’s not eco-friendly like some of the higher end plant-based microfiber, vegan leather materials that we’re seeing more of, if you’re on a budget, PU offer some cheaper faux leather alternatives.
When it comes to eco-friendly and vegan materials for shoes, it’s hard to beat hemp. Durable, sustainable, and anti-microbial, hemp is a superstar material for footwear, as well as other uses. These men’s vegan hemp oxfords are hand made in the Ukraine.
Cork is another rockstar sustainable material that makes great men’s dress shoes. These sustainable and vegan men’s dress shoes are hand made by Trade in House, a company that makes a variety of eco-friendly shoes and accessories from sustainably harvested cork.
Dr. Martens now offers a full line of vegan shoes that are made with the same enduring styling as their original combat boots. These vegan men’s shoes come in smooth black as well as black and dark red wing tips.
If you like the look of leather but don’t want to wear an animal’s skin on your feet, these cool faux leather dress sneakers by Ahimsa fit the bill. With padded cork footbeds and thick rubber soles, you’ll be walking around in comfortable sustainable style.
Free Rangers hand makes casual 100% vegan men’s shoes in eco-friendly, breathable microfiber. These shoes have flexible soles and padded insoles, and they’re made to order. Visit Free Rangers’ Etsy store to see more styles.
Available colors: navy blue, black, brown, red, orange, and green
Native makes unique 100% vegan shoes. The company also focuses on maintaining a light environmental footprint on their production process. They utilized a low-emission manufacturing process and a foam-injection molding process that minimizes waste. These cool water sneakers come in navy blue, light blue, orange multi, gold, gray, black, and white.
The collaboration between adidas and Parley for the Oceans, an organization that intercepts coastal before it reaches the ocean, has resulted in some very cool, eco-friendly shoes and clothing items. Parley recycles plastic waste, converting it into threads that adidas then uses to make recycled shoes and active wear. The adidas Parley flip flops, which I’ve written about here on UniGuide, are among the most popular eco-friendly flip flops I promote. These eco-friendly men’s sneakers are just one of the styles of recycled athletic shoes to come out of this collaboration.
Another cool, eco-friendly and vegan sneaker, these cork shoes by LinZe Boutique are handmade. LinZe makes a number of sustainable and vegan shoes and accessories from Earth-friendly cork. Check out their Etsy store to see more.
Novacas is a 100% vegan footwear brand whose name means “No Cows” in Spanish. These stylish faux leather black high tops have a cool, white sole trim. They are PVC-free and made with environmentally-friendly plant-base microfiber.
Socially conscious footwear brand TOMS donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair they sell. While I personally hope they completely phase out the use of leather and suede in their shoes, they do offer a few vegan styles. These classic lace up tennis shoes are made with sturdy, natural canvas.
For some extra cushioning, check out the Vagabond Tripper Loafer by Sanuk. It has a vegan textile upper, a cushioned midsole, and high-density rubber outsole.
Available colors: black, light gray, and dark gray
If you like the look of leather but not the idea of wearing someone else’s skin on your feet, today you can find non-leather boots that break in and get better with age, just as the classic leather styles do. Or, if you like a more “plant-based” aesthetic, you can find cool men’s boots made with natural, sustainable materials like hemp. Today, you don’t have to compromise on style, quality, or your social values: the best men’s boots meet all of your criteria.
Here are the boots styles included in this post:
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Novacas is a 100% cruelty-free brand. Their name means “no cows” in Spanish, even though their vegan boots have a classic leather look. Novacas makes their boots in Portugal and they adhere to ethical working standards for their workers. In addition, their boots are non-toxic and PVC-free.
Dr. Martens’ boots are ultra-durable classics. When the company came out with a range of cruelty-free options, animal lovers everywhere rejoiced. Today, you’ll find vegan Dr. Martens in a wide range of colors, styles, and animal-friendly materials.
Will’s Vegan Shoes is a 100% vegan footwear brand that makes a variety of cool boots for men. Founder Will Green set out to create a brand that would be gentle on people, animals, and the planet. All of Will’s boots and shoes are made in ethical working conditions in Italy and Portugal. In addition, the company focuses on having a carbon neutral supply chain, as well as running completely carbon neutral production process. Whether you’re looking for a dress boot for work or hitting the town, or a rugged work boot, Will’s is a brand that’s worth checking out.
Metrocharm is a brand that offers a wide variety of men’s non-leather boots in both casual and dress styles. If you like the look of leather, but want to go cruelty-free on a budget, you’ll like Metrocharm. Their shoes come in at the $30 – $50 price range.
This style comes in black, brown, tan, navy blue, and gray.
These Ninja-style Japanese boots by Fugu are pretty badass. While they’re comfortable and lightweight, they have a reinforced iron dome steel toe to protect your feet. They’re made with heavy, vegan-friendly canvas and come in a few different styles. Still need convincing? Go watch one of the recent Star Trek movies or the Hunger Games, and you’ll probably see some Fugus in action.Comes in ankle boot and tall styles. Colors: gray or black.
Disruptive menswear brand, Brave GentleMan, is another new company that is changing the world of footwear. Founder Joshua Katcher believes that workers making his products deserve dignity, respect, safe working conditions, and a living wage. He also believes that animals do not belong in the fashion production system. We couldn’t agree more! Brave GentleMan uses EU Ecolabel certified materials and offers a range of stylish, high-quality men’s vegan boots and shoes.
Rock Fall is known for their heavy work boots. I was glad to see they offer a few leather-free, microfiber styles. (For all you vegans, be sure to double check the product details to avoid their leather styles.)
Native is a 100% vegan footwear brand that offers a wide variety of styles of men’s boots and shoes. They utilize a low-emission manufacturing process, and their foam-injection molding process creates less waste than what it typical for the shoe industry. The materials used in their shoes are free of BPA, phthalates, formaldehyde, and other hazardous materials. In addition, they always ship their boots and shoes in recyclable packaging. Native shoes have a unique look, so you can choose to stand out from the crowd in some of their flashier colors or go with something more low key. They’re a brand that has something for everyone when it comes to casual, cruelty-free boots and shoes.
These top-rate steel toe boots are 100% waterproof, with a 16″ shaft for extra protection. They’re rate for sub-65 °F weather, plus they have a breathable mesh lining that wicks away moisture when it’s warmer outside. They have a certified steel toe to protect your feet from impacts from above.
The sky’s the limit with these cool constellation combat boots. The design is printed on tough nylon canvas. They have a breathable foam insole that is will keep your feet cool and dry. Check out Voideine’s Etsy store to see a few more styles.
Bourgeois Boheme (sometimes referred to as “BoBo”) is a sustainably-focused shoe company that is breaking new ground by using with Earth-friendly materials like Piñatex™. They also use plant-based polymers that are derived from natural, renewable sources, such as grains and seeds instead of from petrochemicals. Their boots are made with PVC-free faux leather and microfiber. (PVC, which stands for polyvinyl chloride, is a material like polyurethane, that uses unhealthy chemicals in its production.)
Risorse Future is an Italian vegan footwear designer that puts an emphasis on creating eco-friendly, sustainable shoes. They offer a number of styles of boots and shoes that are made with plant-based materials, including hemp and cotton. Their name translated into English means “Resources” and “Future,” which defines their sustainable design philosophy.
These cool, 100% vegan, sustainable desert boots are made with hemp and have a cotton lining. The sole is made with natural rubber. They are sustainably made in Italy.
Ahimsa is an artisanal Brazilian shoemaker that only makes shoes that are cruelty-free, and they put a special emphasis on producing shoes sustainably. Ahimsa’s mission is to respect all forms of life and inspire conscious behavior. Their end goal is “to have a more conscious society, one day completely free of cruelty.” Ahimsa’s shoes are all made in the company’s own factory. They chose not to outsource so they could ensure that workers would be treated well and make a fair wage. Their men’s vegan boots are all handmade. They also use water-based adhesives in all of their shoes.
Back in the day, when it was really hard to find stylish men’s vegan boots, there was Alberto Fellini. This is a brand that’s been around for decades, offering a wide variety of cool men’s boots and shoes in manmade materials. Whether you’re looking for a vegan suede desert boot or a non-leather western-style dress boot, Alberto Fellini will have you covered, and at prices that are easy on your wallet.
These handmade vegan chukka boots are made with faux suede and fabric. The fabric upper is hand painted with an Africa-inspired motif. These boots are made to order. Just visit 2Woo’s Etsy store for more info.
Contemporary and comfortable, these vegan motorcycle boots by Alpinestars feature an ergonomic design that gives you more control on the bike. They have a breathable, durable microfiber upper and they’re 100% waterproof.
Another style by Kamik, this boot has a bungee cord drawstring closure at the top and an ankle belt to ensure a snug fit. They’re made with waterproof nylon uppers and a heavy duty rubber sole. The shaft measures 13″ from the arch.
These knee-high waterproof rubber boots for men are rated for sub-40-degree Fahrenheit temperatures. They’ve got a removable thermal liner and an adjustable snow collar. The shaft measures approximately 13″ from arch and the heel is 1.25″.
Available colors: black and gray
Great for after snowboarding, skiing, or just walking around town, these padded ankle boots by Mishansha come in a couple of different styles and a variety of colors. They’re water-resistant and have a faux fur lining.
These boots come in a wide variety of colors, including blue, brown, black, purple, yellow, and red.
Bogs makes a variety of high-quality waterproof boots. These pull-on rubber rain boots have handy side handles and the shaft measure 12.75″ from the arch. Plus, they have a molded EVA foot bed and a removable insole.
If you like duck boots, but don’t want to wear real leather, check out these vegan duck boots by J Sport. They have a faux leather upper and partially recycled rubber outsole, plus a memory foam insole.
These men’s hiking boots by Icebug have rubber studded soles for extra grip on slippery surfaces. The fabric upper is a waterproof textile, making them perfect for hiking or just getting around town on a wet, winter day.
The variety of cool eco and vegan laptop cases and sleeves you’ll see in this post may make your head spin. It’s fun – and very reassuring – to see more product designers developing accessories that are both sustainable and cruelty-free.
Some of these laptop cases utilize old school upcycling principles, as you’ll see in the design that was created with upcycled saris, which were then turned into quilts, and then turned into laptop sleeves. And some are made out of cutting edge materials like Piñatex, a sustainable faux leather developed by entrepreneur Carmen Hijosa, which is made from pineapple fibers. And then, there are others: like the laptop case made with real leaves from a Tung Tree.
∂Too often the materials used in computer sleeves are not Earth- or animal-friendly. For example, materials like leather and traditional neoprene use a number of harmful chemicals in their production that aren’t good for workers or the planet. And it’s draconian in this day and age to be making any kind of accessory out of animal skin when we have so many other beautiful vegan materials to choose from.
This post includes laptop cases and sleeves made with materials in a few different categories. You can click the two big links below to get to each section, but I recommend you scroll through and view them all. Enjoy!
Kante Decor works with indigenous communities around the world whose livelihoods depend on the artisanal products they create. Thus, when you purchase their unique crafts, you help preserve their centuries-old artistic traditions like weaving and hand-embroidery.
This eco-friendly laptop sleeve is woven with natural palm leaves from Puebla, Mexico. Each case takes about three weeks to create, from picking the palm leaves to getting them ready to weave, and then turning the woven sheets into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind laptop case.
Fits a 13″ MacBook Air and other small tablets. It measures 14″ x 12″.
By Copala is a sustainable products designer that creates accessories from natural materials, including cork and leaves, as well as upcycled paper. Every product maintains the look of its original materials, while being functional and well-made. Be sure to their visit their Etsy store to see more.
This laptop sleeve made from leaves is really in a class all its own. The Tung Tree is found in southern China, Burma, and Vietnam. The leaves are a sustainable material – when they’re harvested, it does not harm the tree. The juxtaposition of a leaf protecting a sophisticated piece of technology somehow gives me a ray of hope that we can advance as a civilization, while still protecting our natural world – it’s just a matter of our values, integrity, and ingenuity.
To make this laptop case, the leaves are treated with a wax coating, making the sleeve water repellent. This eco-friendly laptop case will fit a 13”-14” laptop.
Moana Cork creates handbags, tote bags, and minimalist laptop sleeves out of 100% vegan, sustainable cork. Cork is durable and has natural, built-in cushioning, which makes is an ideal sustainable material for protecting your tech accessories. Check out more designs by Moana Cork in their Etsy store.
This cork sleeve measures approximately 15″ x 10.5″.
Another eco-friendly laptop sleeve made with natural fibers, this design by Hey Jute is made with jute fabric, hemp, and recycled terry cloth fabric. It will fit a 15-17″ laptop. Visit Hey Jute’s Etsy store to see more of their eco-conscious, natural fiber accessories.
Looptworks is based in Portland, Oregon, where they make cool accessories out of abandoned, pre-consumer, and post-consumer materials. They intercept materials that are headed to the landfill and turn them into great-looking functional products. Each style is produced in a limited edition.
The company’s philosophy centers around avoiding the use of the Earth’s precious natural resources. According to Looptworks, “The only thing we scrap is the typical way of doing business. We’re a design brand on a mission: to use only what already exists.”
Looptworks’ upcycled laptop sleeves come in variety of colors and sizes. You’ll find sleeves that fit 10″, 11″, and 13″ computers and tablets.
GreenSmart has an answer to traditional Neoprene, which is not an eco-friendly material. The production of traditional Neoprene can include phthalates, chlorine, and volatile organic compounds (short for VOCs, which are carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate into the atmosphere.) GreenSmart’s “Neogreene” is considered non-toxic because it doesn’t use these harmful chemicals in its production.
The company’s eco-friendly laptop sleeves are made with water-based adhesives vs. chemical-heavy, solvent-based adhesives. And the fuzzy interior liner is made with 100% recycled plastic bottles.
A Bag Recycling and Upcycling repurposes materials like used plastic bags and coffee packs into unique quilted laptop sleeves and other accessories. The bags are colorful, water-resistant, and durable. The company will do customer orders too, so reach out to them on their Etsy store and get the perfect recycled case for your laptop.
The Wren creates unique accessories from reclaimed packaging paper from a local packing factory. They digitally print on the paper, then fuse it to cotton, and then treat it with Nano Liquid Glass, which makes it water-resistant. This design is entitled “African Safari Memories.” Check out their Etsy store to see other cool prints with bicycles and more.
Another unique design by eco-friendly accessories company by Copala, this laptop case is made with upcycled paper. It’s made with upcycled, sturdy paper cement bags that have been treated with a coating that makes them water-repellent.
KMS Kilometres is based in Nairobi, Kenya, where they create these unique dual-function laptop cases and sitting mats, as well as other cool accessories. The outside of this case is made with recycled inner tubes, which is reinforced with foam for extra padding. The inside is lined with fabric in traditional African prints.
A socially conscious business, KMS Kilometres invests its profits into professional training courses for job seekers.
All of their products are handmade, and they take custom orders.
This laptop case will fit 15″ or smaller computers.
Tube Bags Thailand will custom make a laptop sleeve for you from recycled bicycle inner tubes. Just contact them in their Etsy store and tell them the size of your notebook. They also make a cool style with upcycled seat belts that will fit a 12″ notebook.
It you like the water-resistance and shock absorption of rubber, but want a smoother look, take a look at this eco-friendly laptop case made with recycled rubber. It will fit a 13″ MacBook Pro. The exterior is 100% recycled rubber, and the designer, The Hub 305, will ship it in recycled packaging.
Upcycling by Milo’s founder, Naveh, was inspired by the craft work of artisans he met while travelling in Indonesia. But he was troubled by the amount of trash he saw, and its impact on the natural environment. This was the inspiration behind Upcycling by Milo.
In addition to this colorful laptop case made with used candy wrappers (the silver on the case is the inside of the wrappers), the company makes a wide variety of fun, one-of-a-kind accessories. Be sure to visit their Etsy store to see more.
VahoUp reclaims used advertising banners and signs and repurposes them into colorful, unique bags and accessories that have a cool, urban vibe.
This upcycled laptop case has handles and can also be converted into a backpack. It’s made from upcycled advertising banners and it’s water resistant. It will fit a 15” MacBook Pro or other similarly-sized laptop or tablet. It measures: 16.5” x 12.6” x 4.7”.
A socially conscious company, Makers Unite helps refugees enter the job market in their new homes. Based in The Netherlands, the company pairs local designers and refugees to create sustainable products. They then direct the money from product sales to help fund social inclusion programs.
This unique laptop case is made from life vests. It won’t be easy to misplace this one!
Kantha is a quilting technique that originated in Bangladesh and eastern India. Artisans repurpose used saris into beautiful, colorful quilts. Purchasing kantha products helps to support craftspeople living in rural communities.
The Kantha Project’s laptop sleeves are Fair Trade and one-of-a-kind. This sleeve comes in two sizes: 12.6″ x 8.9″ and 11.5″ x 4.3″.
The best women’s boots of the season are vegan, Ladies! And today you have more choices than ever before. I looked at, literally, thousands of boots for this post, which was both fun and exhausting. On the one hand, I’ve never seen such a variety of faux suede, vegan leather, and other cruelty-free boots. But on the other, it was disappointing to see so many top designers still using leather and suede in their creations.
The other source of frustration is that it’s still very hard to find eco-friendly women’s boots. I’ll admit that many of the vegan boots in this post are made with synthetic materials, like polyurethane, which are vegan but not eco-friendly. When I do find the rare brands that are both, I highlight them with UniGuide eco-friendly leaf icon. A shining example of this is Will’s Vegan Shoes. This is a company that’s doing everything right. Will’s makes 100% vegan boots and shoes in ethical working conditions, plus, their supply chain is sustainable, and their operations are carbon neutral.
This post is organized by types of boots, but I suggest scrolling through them all because I had to make a call to put certain styles in one category, while they could easily be found in two.
Vegan Boots in this post:
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These low heel riding boots by Will’s check all the boxes! They’re vegan, eco-friendly, and made in ethical working conditions. They’re made with water resistant, breathable faux leather. The have 1” heels, the outsoles are made with rubber, and the insoles are made with recycled rubber. Adjustable straps at the top ensure you get the right fit, and inside zippers make them easy to put on and take off.
About Will’s Vegan Shoes:
Founded by Will Green, Will’s Vegan Shoes is one of the all-too-rare shoe companies that exclusively makes 100% vegan boots and shoes while also focusing on sustainability and workers’ rights. Will’s is PETA Approved and they’re a Vegan Society registered company.
Their boots and shoes are made in Italy and Portugal, where their workers are protected by European Union anti-discrimination, health and safety, and other important employment laws. Workers get benefits like paid time off, equal pay, and maternity leave.
In addition to being ethical and cruelty-free, Will’s shoes and boots are eco-friendly. The vegan leathers and suedes used in their designs are plant-based and they meet the OEKO-TEX® textile standard. The OEKO-TEX is an independent organization that tests textiles and the materials used in textiles for chemicals to meet strict consumer safety guidelines.
Furthermore, Will’s vegan boots and shoes are produced from a carbon-neutral supply chain. Will’s accomplishes this by investing in renewable energy projects, such as wind, hydro, geothermal, solar, and biomass. In addition, they don’t use any plastic in their packaging. Plus, they deliver their shoes in sustainable, eco-friendly packaging that can be recycled.
Breckelle’s makes a wide assortment of women’s boots in polyurethane faux leather. If you like the rugged look of leather, but don’t like the idea of wearing animals’ skin, Breckelle’s is a low-cost brand that’s worth checking out.
Available colors: brown, tan, beige, gray, and black
These tall boots are made with vegan micro suede. They have a rounded toe, a decorative zipper, and tiny rhinestones up the sides. There’s also a real inside zipper for easy on and off. The heel is 1.5”.
Another classic style by Azura, these ladies’ riding boots are also made with vegan micro suede. They have a rounded toe and shiny faux patent leather heel caps and toe caps. Plus, they have an inside zipper for easy on and off and a 1.5” heel.
If you like a more contemporary look, check out these knee-high, lug sole vegan boots by Azura. They’re also made with faux suede and have faux patent leather toe and heel caps. There’s an inside zipper for easy on and off.
Another classic riding boot, this style by Rampage has two ankle belts with buckles and a decorative outside zipper. These boots also have a real zipper on the inside ankle, making them easy to take on and off. The shaft measures approximately 17.25″ from the arch and the heel is 1”. These boots have a 16.25” circumference opening at the top, making them perfect if you have strong calves.
Available colors: black, gray, brown, taupe, and cognac
These cute wedge ankle booties by Will’s are water resistant and made with eco-friendly, breathable vegan leather. They’ve got cushioned insoles as well as a breathable lining. They’re ethically made in Portugal in a carbon neutral production process.
Another pair of perfect vegan ankle boots by Will’s, these PETA Approved booties are made with plant-based, vegan leather that’s stain resistant, water resistant, and breathable. Plus, they’re made in ethical working conditions in a carbon neutral production process. The heels are 3.7”.
These cute ankle boots will look great with skinny jeans, leggings, or anything else you choose to pair them with. They have a round toe and a 1.5” block heel. They’re made with synthetic micro suede. Plus, they come in both medium and wide widths.
Available colors: black, tan, navy blue, and brown faux suede; plus, black faux leather
The goddess of high fashion vegan style, Stella McCartney embellished these 60s-style boots with a cool, asymmetric design stitched across the top. They’re made with faux leather, and they’ve got a 2.5” chunky black heel with a notch at the back. These sleek, cruelty-free ankle booties are made in Italy.
Another sleek ankle bootie, these cute boots have a little kitten heel and a pull tab at the back for easy on and off. They’re made with 100” manmade materials. The shaft is 5.5” from the arch, and the boot opening measures 9.75″ around.
If you like the look of suede, but don’t want to wear animal skin, check out these faux, micro suede booties by Premier Standard. They have rubber soles and a 2” heel.
Available colors: black, purple, hot pink, red, and gray
These unique ankle boots have a velvet flowered upper and a high 3.25” covered heel. They’re made with vegan, microfiber fabric. The shaft measures 6″ from the arch, and the boot opening measures 9.75″ around. The have a padded insole and rubber soles.
With their 2.75″ high wedge heels, these cute lace up ankle boots will look great with leggings, skinny jeans, or anything else you pair them with. They have light padding in the foot bed, making them comfortable to walk in all day long.
Colors: black faux leather, and black, bone, and tan faux suede
You’ll get lots of compliments in these adorable vegan ankle booties. They’ve got a decorative faux zipper up the sides and 2.5” wedge heels. They’re made with faux polyurethane suede. The shaft height is 5.5” and the opening circumference at the top is 8”.
Available colors: fire red, cherry red, maroon, navy blue, black, green, brown, tan, and taupe
For a unique look, check out these super cute vegan ankle boots by Bio World. The black pair has alpine mountaineering-style lace rings, and the Bordeaux style has classic laces. With their slightly curved up rounded toes and chunky block heels, they’ll have people asking you where you got your cool shoes. These special ankle booties are hand made in Bio World’s workshop in Toledo, Spain. Be sure to check out Bio World’s other styles in their Etsy store.
For a slightly dressier look, take a look at these faux suede ankle boots by Breckelle’s. They’ve got minimalist stitching and a slightly pointed toe. The block heel is 2.75″ and the shaft is 7.75″. In addition, that have a padded insole and treaded, non-skid rubber soles.
Available colors: tan, brown, taupe, and red win faux suede
If you like a western look, take a look at these cute, slip-on ankle boots. They’ve got a slightly pointed toe and v-cutouts on each side. They’re made with breathable vegan leather. The chunky heel is 2.5” and the platform height is 0.25”.
Legend has it that the Chelsea boot was created by Queen Victoria’s shoemaker, J. Parks-Hall, who took advantage of the development of vulcanized rubber by Charles Goodyear in the 1840s to put elasticized gussets in the Queen’s shoes.
These cute Chelsea boots by Indigo Rd. are made with 100% manmade materials. They’ve got tall, chunky block heels, lightly padded insoles, and elastic gussets for easy on and off.
Available colors: black vegan leather and gray floral textile
These comfy low heeled Chelsea boots by Xero Shoes are the next best thing to being barefoot. They have a natural fit that lets your toes spread out while you walk. The elastic gussets make them easy to take on and off. And, of course, they’re 100% vegan!
Known for their tough and rugged combat boots, Dr. Martens has been offering 100% vegan versions of their boots for years. They have air-cushioned insoles and slip-resistant rubber soles. The pull tab on the back and elastic gussets on each side made them easy to take on and off.
Ahimsa is a 100% vegan footwear brand that hails from Brazil, where they make their shoes in their own factory to ensure ethical working conditions for their workers. Probably most known for their men’s shoes, they offer styles for women too. These ladies’ vegan desert boots are made with every attention to details.
If you like a little more heel, but still insist on comfort, take a look at these adorable desert boots in faux suede by Regetta Canoe. They have solid arch support and a platform rubber sole. These cute vegan booties are hand made in Japan.
Another creative style from Regetta Canoe, these moccasin-inspired desert boots are handmade in Japan with cruelty-free, vegan leather. They have thick rubber soles that makes them super comfy to walk in.
Yay! Let’s hear it for hemp boots! Hemp is a superstar sustainable material that’s easy to grow without any pesticides or herbicides. Plus, it’s breathable and antimicrobial, which makes it a great material for boots, shoes, and socks. These cute ladies’ desert boots are hand made to order with organic hemp. Check out Hemp Organic Life’s Etsy store to see more of their designs.
Another well-made vegan boot by Dr. Martens, these ladies’ chukka boots have the signature Doc Martens yellow stitching around cushioned rubber soles and the branded pull tab at the back. They’re comfy and lightweight with durable canvas uppers.
Unique and super cute, these lace up chukka boots by Free Rangers are handmade in Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK. They’re made with vegan microfiber, and they have springy, comfortable soles and insoles. Free Rangers has a few other styles of vegan boots, so be sure to check out their Etsy store to see more.
Available colors: brown, black, purple, red, blue, and green
For a unique look all your own, be sure to check out these colorful and creative vegan chukka boots by Goby. Whimsical designs are hand painted on faux patent leather. These boots are antibacterial and phthalate-free. You can see more cute boots by Goby in the Vegan Combat Boots section below.
These stylish rain boots are made with stretch microfiber and GORE-TEX. They’ll keep your feet dry and comfy on rainy days. They’ve got air-cushioned insoles and flexible, rubber soles with plenty of traction for wet surfaces. In addition, they have an inside zipper and a sturdy 1.5” block heel.
Roma makes waterproof rubber boots in a wide selection of colors and styles. A socially conscious enterprise, they donate a pair of boots to a child in need for every pair they sell. They have tons of cute styles to choose from, so be sure to visit their Amazon store to see more.
If you like duck boot-style and lace up rain boots, check out Bogs. In addition to their variety of classic pull-up rubber boots, they also offer Chelsea boots and lace up styles. Their lined rubber boots are rated for sub-13 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures. And the rubber soles have plenty of grip on slippery or icy surfaces.
If you’re a duck boot gal who happens to be vegan, there’s no need to give up this classic rainy weather boot. Winsome by Design offers them with faux leather uppers. Plus, they’ll custom monogram the boots for you. They also offer tall boot styles.
Available colors: brown with black and brown with navy
Native makes unusual 100% vegan boots and shoes with a focus on limiting their environmental footprint. They have a low-emission manufacturing process and utilize a foam-injection molding process that minimizes waste. These ladies’ rain boots have a classic alpine mountaineering look.
If you love to get out and trek in rainy weather, these vegan hiking boots are for you. They’ve got waterproof fabric uppers, rubber toe caps, and tough rubber outsoles. They’ll keep your feet both dry and warm because they’re waterproof and rated for sub-86 degree Fahrenheit temperatures!
Available colors: black, gray, and camouflage multi
These comfortable pull-on booties by Jambu have bungee laces and a memory foam foot bed. They’re made with fabric and Neoprene outers, and the soles are made with partially recycled rubber. Plus, these vegan boots are delivered in 100% recycled, recyclable, and re-usable packaging.
Get ready for sledding, snowball fights, and the après ski in these snug ladies’ vegan snow boots. They’re made with synthetic materials and have faux fur trim. Bungee lacing makes them easy to tighten up, loosen up, and get on and off. The shaft measures 10” from the arch and the heel is 1”. These winter boots are seam-sealed and waterproof, and they have a removable foot bed.
Available colors: black, gray, white, blue, brown, khaki, navy, maroon, red, and lavender-gray
Another cute winter boot by Kamik, these lace up boots are rated for sub-25 degree Fahrenheit weather. They’re made with waterproof nylon uppers and they have rubber soles. The shaft measures 10” from the arch, and the heel is approximately 1”. These boots also have a removable foot bed.
These classic lace up snow boots by JBU by Jambu are made with faux suede, faux leather, and faux fur. The shaft measures approximately 6.75″ from the arch and the heel is 1.25”. They’ve got thick rubber soles with plenty of traction for romping on the snow and ice.
These winter boots remind me of the classic Lacer-style boots the modern cowboys wear. They’re 100% vegan and they have thick rubber soles. The faux leather shaft measures 7″ from the arch, and the heel is 2.5”
Available colors: brown/black, black/black, gray/navy, and brown/navy
These cute, short winter boots will keep your feet toasty warm while playing in the snow or just running errands around town because they’re rated for sub-25 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures. They’re made with a waterproof, quilted, synthetic fabric uppers and they have faux fur trim at the top.
These winter boots are made with a synthetic waterproof outer and they’re lined with cozy faux fur inside. The shaft measures 5” from the arch and the heel is 1.5”. A convenient front zipper makes them easy to put on and take off.
Available colors: red, navy blue, brown, gray, and black
These classic mid-calf boots by socially conscious footwear company Ahimsa are sustainably made in Brazil. They have a vegan suede outer and a breathable cotton lining. Pull loops on each side make them easy to put on, plus, they have inside zippers. Ahimsa is a 100% vegan footwear brand that focuses on ethical working conditions and minimizing the environmental impact of their products and operations.
These classic dock boots by Will’s are the perfect work boots or great for just bumming around town and having fun. They’re made with water resistant and stain resistant breathable vegan leather. The lining is also breathable, and they’ve got cushioned insoles for all day comfort. Will’s boots are PETA Approved, ethically made, and produced in a carbon neutral production process.
These vegan work boots for women are made with Durabrush, a microfiber faux leather and faux suede. They’ve got 1.5” heels with rugged rubber soles for traction on all kinds of surfaces. Plus, they have a memory foam insole for extra cushioning and comfort.
If you’re a Star Wars or Hunger Games fan, you may have seen these cool canvas Japanese work boots by Fugu. They come in both mid-calf and ankle boot styles. These boots are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. They’ve got rugged rubber soles and hook and loops straps for the perfect fit.
The quintessential combat boot brand, Dr. Martens made a great move when they started offering their iconic boots in vegan materials. Today, there are a variety of styles to choose from, including textile, a 1.5” platform version, shiny purple and shiny red, and more.
These military-style vegan combat boots are lined with faux fur or plaid fabric that you can roll down for a different look. They have a cushioned insole and rubber soles, plus back zippers for easy on and off. The heel is 1.5”and the shaft is 10.25” from the arch.
Available colors: black, brown, and taupe, with faux fur or plaid lining
Colorful designs on their canvas outers make these vegan combat boots truly unique. Each pair is handmade to order. They’re both lightweight and comfortable with their rugged rubber soles. Be sure to check out Stretch’s Etsy store to see all of their colorful designs.
The perfect blend of tough and cute, these whimsical vegan combat boots are sure to bring joy to your day. Moonlight Sole covers vegan combat boots with unique fabrics and then uses a waterproof sealant to protect the prints from stains and mishaps. If you have a particular design in mind, contact Moonlight Sole in their Etsy store to talk about getting your own custom vegan combat boots.
Goby is another brand that puts whimsical designs on vegan combat boots. These boots are made with phthalate-free faux patent leather and have a soft insole. They are hand painted in Turkey with solvent-free paint.
Made with faux leather, these cool ladies’ vegan motorcycle boots have wrap around belts and an outer zipper. The shaft measures 7.25” from the arch, and these boots have a padded foot bed and flexible rubber sole.
With their double belts and rounded toes, these vegan motorcycle boots will complete a great look with jeans, tights, or anything else you pair them with. They’ve to a 1.75” chunky heel and the shaft measures 8” from the arch.
These tough-looking motorcycle boots have crisscross belts and an outer side zipper. They’ve got rubber lug soles and the heel measures approximately 1.5”. The opening circumference measures 11.5″ around.
Easy on your feet, these tall, faux suede boots have a memory foam arch and super cushioned insoles. In addition, they have an inside zipper and a removable sock liner.
The shaft measures approximately 16.5″ from the arch, and the opening circumference measures 15.5”.
Show off a little more leg in these vegan leather motorcycle boots. The shaft measures 13” from the arch and the thick rubber sole has a 1” heel. The boot opening at mid-calf measures 14.5″ around. They’ve got four strappy belts with buckles and a full length inside zipper. These uber-cute boots will look great with a skirt, leggings, or your skinny jeans tucked in.
Very Volatile is a popular brand that makes a variety of vegan boots for women. These tall microfiber boots have a high block heel, and a shaft that measures 20.75” from the arch. The boot opening at the top measures 15”.
Available colors: black, gray, light brown, and wine red
These classic high heeled women’s dress boots have a faux leather front and a faux suede back. The heel measures 2.75” and the shaft measures 14.5” from the arch. They’ve got an inside zipper, and the calf circumference measures 14.5”. A slim belt with a small decorate buckle finishes the look.
Strike a slim silhouette with these over-the-knee stretch faux suede women’s dress boots. Slim laces tie at the back to maintain a snug fit. The heel measures 1.75” and the shaft is 23” tall. The boot circumference is 13”.
If you like a little more heel in your dress boots, take a look at this style by Charles David. With a faux suede, stretch upper, they have a pointed toe and tall tapered heel. The shaft measures 25” from the arch and the boot opening measures 14.5” around.
Available colors: black, gray, wine red, and taupe
With their mid heel and rubber sole, these vegan ladies’ dress boots are great for rain and snow. They’ve got a microfiber outer and a breathable GORE-TEX lining. The shaft measures 17” and the opening circumference is 16”.
For a little extra sparkle in your evenings out, take a look at these glimmering ankle boots. They’re made with sparkly stretch fabric. They’ve got 3” stacked heels and rubber soles. The shaft measures 4.75” from the arch.
Available colors: sparkly black and sparkly silver
These 100% vegan moccasins are hand made with cotton canvas in Bali, Indonesia. They’re embellished with unique designs and brass hardware. Chintamani Alchemi makes Bohemian clothes and accessories in their workshop in Denpasar, Bali. Be sure to visit their Etsy store to see more of their hippie chic designs.
Available colors: white, gray, green, black, and brown
Hand-appliquéd flowers make these vegan moccasins real standouts. They’re made with eco-friendly and sustainable hemp. See Ukrainian Tradition OK’s Etsy store to see more handmade boots and shoes made of eco-friendly hemp.
These boho chic vegan moccasins by Siam Tip will bring exotic style to your wardrobe. They’re handmade in Thailand with woven textiles from the Naga people, who are indigenous people native to north eastern India and north western Myanmar. These eco-friendly and vegan moccasins are lined with cotton and the soles are made with natural rubber and jute. The shafts measures about 12”, hitting just at mid-calf. Be sure to see more of Siam Tip’s tribal vegan boots in their Etsy store, and you can see more in this post under Lace Up Boots.
These comfy moccasins are 100% waterproof, making them perfect for camping, after snowboarding, or anytime you want your feet to stay warm and dry. They’ve got a textile upper and thick rubber soles with 1.25” heels. The shaft measures 12” from the arch and the boot opening measures 14” around.
If you like the comfy warmth of ugg-style moccasins but hate the idea of animals suffering, check out these vegan uggs by Fourever Funky. They offer a variety of styles in vegan faux suede with faux fur linings, including mid-calf and ankle bootie styles.
Available colors: tan, gray, black, white, pink, and turquoise
PETA-recommended Dawgs is another company that makes vegan uggs. These comfy Eskimo-style moccasins are made with cruelty-free microfiber and faux shearling. They have 1” heels and comes with different shaft heights, from 5” to 11”, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect pair. They’ll keep your feet toasty warm and comfortable with their memory foam insoles and slip-resistant rubber soles.
Available colors: taupe, tan, brown, faux leopard print, plum, blue, gray, natural, and black
A tribute to the beautiful Frida Kahlo, these waxed canvas lace up boots take high-top sneakers to a whole new level. They’re hand made in Mexico City, Mexico. The shaft measures 12.25” from the arch, and they have rubber, non-skid soles. The designer, Bakas Online Shop, creates a variety of clothes, boots, and shoes printed with artful designs.
These over-the-knee faux leather boots have a cool vintage look. The shaft measures about 20” from the arch and the chunky block heel is 2.75”. These vegan tall vegan boots are offered in both narrow and wide calf styles at 14” or 17” circumferences.
Channel your inner gypsy in these special lace up boots by Siam Tip. They’re handmade with tribal textiles from India, Thailand, and Myanmar. These vegan lace up boots are eco-friendly with natural rubber and jute soles. In addition to their front laces, they have inside zippers for easy on and off. The shaft measure 13.5”. Visit Siam Tip’s Etsy store to see more of their unique boots and shoes.
These faux leather lace up booties have an old fashioned look, and they’ll look great with jeans, a skirt, or anything else you pair them with. They have a cute fold over cuff at the top and rounded toes. The chunky heel is 1.5” and the shaft measures 4.5” from the arch.
These lace up vegan ankle boots are reminiscent of the traditional lacer riding boots. They’re made with synthetic faux leather. Inside zippers make them easy to put on and take off, and front laces ensure the perfect fit. They have a sturdy block heel and the shaft measures 5.5” from the arch.
Available colors: black and tan
While they’re sometimes referred to as “Jesus sandals,” rope sandals were around long before Jesus made his miraculous walk on water. In fact, not only are rope sandals old, they’re the most enduring shoe trend of all time.
The oldest pair of shoes ever discovered was a pair of rope sandals that was found in Fort Rock Cave, Oregon in 1938. According to Wikipedia, Fort Rock Cave is the location of the earliest evidence of human habitation in the United States.
These ancient sandals were radiocarbon-dated to being from 9,000 to 13,000 years old. They comprised a simple platform that was made from woven sagebrush bark, with rope straps that were also made from plants. (Something every vegan yearns for: plant-based shoes!) The sandals were preserved under a layer of volcanic ash.
The oldest shoes ever discovered were rope sandals.
I was happy to find a selection of rope sandals for women and men that have modern accoutrements, including soles that are probably a lot more comfortable than sagebrush bark, but that still maintain some eco-conscious attributes.
Nomadic State of Mind upcycles their classic, vegan rope sandals from scrapped rugs, handbags, and water bottle carries. All of their sandals are handmade.
The company has started by Chris Anderson in the 1990s. An avid adventurer, he started his company while traveling around in his 1969 VW Bus. This adventurous lifestyle is the foundation of the company’s philosophy and it feeds into their products. Nomadic State of Mind also makes clothing with organic cotton and recycled fabrics.
Oh, and for all you water-loving adventurers, if your sandals come off in a river or lake, no worries – they’ll float.
Here’s a video about Nomadic State of Mind’s Eco-Friendly Rope Sandals:
These classic rope sandals are vegan and made with recycled materials. They come in six different colors, including black, denim blue, green, gray, camel, and bone. They’re machine washable and they float. They fit both men’s and women’s feet.
These rope sandals are 100% vegan and eco-friendly. You’ll love the gladiator look! They’re made with recycled polypropylene rope. They come in two colors: black and camel. And, they’re machine washable.
These eco-friendly and vegan sandals are handmade in Ethiopia with organic jute rope, and the soles are made from recycled tires. They have an adjustable back strap, and they’re cushioned for extra comfort. They’re also lightweight so it feels like you’re not wearing any shoes at all. They fit both men’s and women’s feet. Check out more of Kemis’ handmade Ethiopian fashions in their Etsy store.
Hemp is a sustainable material that doesn’t require heavy pesticide and herbicide use to grow. It’s naturally anti-microbial, which means these sandals will maintain a good smell, even if you’re running around and sweating in them on a hot summer day! Hemp also softens with wear, like your favorite pair of blue jeans.
Janice Winner imports a variety of hemp sandals and other accessories from China, which you can see in her Etsy store. (Beware, she does have some styles, not shown here, that use pig’s skin in the soles, so please read the product details.)These hemp rope sandals have flattering toe and ankle straps. They come in natural beige.
These Tuk Tuk rope sandals are handmade in Thailand. The rope is synthetic and the insole is faux leather. These vegan rope sandals come in a variety of color combinations. The outsoles are made with rubber, so you get a little extra cushioning and traction when you walk. Lightweight and comfortable, they make great travel sandals.
These colorful lace-up sandals are a fun mix of boho and gladiator. They’re made with eco-friendly hemp and jute, and they have natural rubber soles. The braided jute rope wraps up your leg with a sexy look, and colorful ethnic fabric accents complete the look.
If they don’t have soles, are they still sandals? I think so! These barefoot rope sandals are too adorable to not include here. They’re handmade in South Africa with lavender hemp cords and silver beads by Ahyoka Africa.
There’s never been a better selection of cool phone cases to protect your most-used piece of technology. And what makes a phone case especially cool? Well, not only does it look good while protecting your phone, it also does its part to lessen its impact on the Earth.
Today, there are laser-engraved bamboo phone cases, cases made from recycled skateboards, and other styles made from sustainable cork, recycled plastic, and even compostable bioplastic. And just because these phone covers are gentle on the Earth doesn’t mean they’re not tough enough to protect your phone. I looked for the best mobile phone cases available based on their combination of innovative Earth-friendly materials, creative and unique designs, and their reputations for being durable enough to protect your phone.
So, whether you’re looking for the perfect wood phone case for your iPhone or a recycled plastic case for your Samsung Galaxy, search no more. But just in case you need a little more convincing, here’s some additional intel on why eco-friendly phone cases are the coolest phone cases you can buy.
Here’s why it’s cool to get a phone case made of sustainable materials:
5 billion is the number of cell phone users around the globe. (Statista)
22 months is the average time people keep their cell phones before getting a new one. (Business Insider)
1 billion mobile phones are bought every year. (The Guardian)
At this rate, if everyone buys a new case when they upgrade their phone, and they throw their old case away, that’s a heck of a lot of phone cases going into the landfill or the ocean year after year. This is why I try to avoid as much petrol-based plastic as possible.
What makes a phone case eco-friendly?
If you’re in the market for a new cell phone case, here are some things to look for. The phone cases in this post all have at least one of these qualifications.
First, it’s made with:
Natural, sustainable, and easily biodegradable materials, such as bamboo, cork, or sustainably-harvested wood
Biodegradable plastic or recycled plastic
Other non-toxic materials (glues, adhesives, lining)
Second, and ideally, it comes with:
And with that, here are the coolest phone cases on the market today:
Evutec produces Earth-friendly cases made from wood and bamboo that is certified as harvested from responsibly managed forests by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) Chain of Custody Standard. These FSC certified cases come in a variety of woods, such as white ash and ebony. They fit a range of cell phones, including the Samsung Galaxy and iPhone. Evutec’s cases are made from a blend of organic materials that are woven together with wood veneer to create a strong case that is resistant to warping from heat and moisture.
You may be wondering how well these sleek wood cases will protect your phone. You can see for yourself in this video:
Carved offers such a wide variety of colors and styles of wood phone cases that you’ll have a hard time choosing just one. I reached out to Carved to find out where they source the wood for their cases and they told us they always look for wood that is responsibly harvested. They also source reclaimed wood from old structures and from locally downed trees after storms. Based in Elkhart, Indiana, the Carved team puts their love of technology and craftsmanship into every case they make.
Here’s a video featuring John Webber, the founder of Carved, and his team at their workshop:
Carved creates so many beautiful, cool wood phone cases that they make it hard to choose. So, I had to include one more design in this post. This wood phone case is hand-carved with real walnut burl. Carved will make your case to order from their woodshop in Elkhart, Indiana.
Based in Dublin, Ireland, The Eco Owl makes some truly unique phone cases. In addition to their laser-cut wood cases, they make natural aromatic cases, which you can see in the Vegan Phone Cases section below.
Sugar Yeti’s philosophy is that we all need to get closer to nature. And for those times when you can’t be in nature, you should surround yourself with things from nature. This is one of the founding principles of why they make their phone cases from natural materials. Their unique, laser-engraved phone covers are made in Orange County in Southern California. They’re durable, yet have a slim and sleek low profile, so they don’t add a lot of bulk to your phone.
Wdpkr puts a slight spin on the wooden phone case. They cover the wood in a black coating, and then laser-engrave a design that reveal the natural wood underneath. Each piece is unique. Their philosophy: “Be bold and showcase your inner beauty.”
Cutly is another designer that laser engraves artwork onto wooden phone cases. They offer an array of designs and patterns, including geometric, floral, animals, and abstract. Check out their Etsy store to see them all.
Otto Cases donates 10% of the proceeds from their laser-engraved phone cases to charity. In addition to bamboo, they engrave on rose wood, cherry, and walnut. Plus, they’ll do custom order – just send them a photo or other design via their Etsy store.
Then there is Engraver’s Dungeon. Located in Valencia, Spain, husband and wife team Diego and Camelia, create some very cool and truly unique – if a little scary – cell phone covers. I must say, with all the phone case research I’ve done, I have never seen anything quite like this. Engraver’s Dungeon also does custom orders.
So, for all you Goths, Alien, Predator, and Creature from the Black Lagoon fans out there, be sure to visit their Etsy store to see them all. Warning: It’s not for the feint hearted.
Pela Case founder, Jeremy Lang, was raised in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, where most the global supply of oil seed flax is grown. Watching many seasons of the flax harvest, he believed there should be some sort of consumer use for the leftover flax straw once the flax oil was harvested. And being someone who cared about the environment, he was aware of the tremendous waste problem that our species needs to address.
He also found it odd that the average person replaces their smart phone every 22 months, yet the conventional plastic phone case used to protect the phone would last for hundreds of years. Making the connection, he developed a biodegradable and compostable material based on leftover flax straw, which he named FlaxsticTM, and the Pela Case was born. In addition to making their bioplastic phone cases, Pela Case gives back by donating at least 1% of their sales to environmental nonprofits through 1% for the Planet.
Here’s a cool video from Pela that shows you just what goes into their sustainable and biodegradable phone cases:
Technically, all of the phone cases on UniGuide are vegan because everything on UniGuide is vegan. And none of these phone cases have leather or other animal products in them. But, aside from the Pela Case above, these next few phone cases are truly “plant based”, so I included them here.
Autumn Grain is another cool phone case designer I found that is creating something truly unique. This eco-friendly phone sleeve is made with a woven grass and it has a vegan cotton lining. Autumn Grain will personalize your case with your name or initials (and that’s a faux leather square on the corner.)
Yes, those are real coffee beans. And yes, this phone case smells like coffee. The Eco Owl takes hand-picked sustainable organic materials and encases them in a polyurethane cover. Check out The Eco Owl’s Etsy store to see more of their unique designs.
And yes, that is real hay, and this phone case smells like hay! Hay from the Austrian Alps, to be specific. Another truly unique design by The Eco Owl, this vegan phone case is made with hand-picked Alpine grass and encased in a water-resistant polyurethane cover.
Reveal was born out of founder Terry Omata’s love of nature and technology. After working in manufacturing in China for a decade, he experienced a crisis in his career, which he talked about in a conversation I had with him, which I shared in a UniGuide blog post. Terry knew there had to be a better way of designing products – one that revealed the beauty of nature, of sustainable materials, and a new way of looking at the world.
Reveal makes a variety of sustainable tech accessories, including wood and bamboo iPhone cases, iPad Mini cases, and a portable solar powered speaker that is accented with bamboo. As a company that is dedicated to stopping the destruction of the Earth’s natural ecosystems, Reveal plants a tree for every product they sell. To date, in conjunction with the nonprofit American Forests, they’ve helped plant over 40 million trees around the world.
If you want a cool phone case that has a cover over your screen and a built-in stand, this design by Reveal will fit the bill. It is also made with bamboo and comes in both a dark wood color and a light wood color.
I Make the Case creates a wide assortment of eco-friendly phone cases in laser-engraved bamboo, and they do custom designs as well. The offer so many designs that you’d be hard pressed not to find one that “speaks” to you.
According to I Make the Case, “Bamboo is revered as ‘eco-friendly’ because it’s fast-growing and can yield 20-times more wood than trees. Bamboo also releases 35% more oxygen into the air than trees of similar size. The Japanese expression wabi-sabi sums up the wonder of bamboo. It means, ‘There’s beauty in imperfection.’ We love that each bamboo skin has its own unique coloration, grain, and flow, and we value the opportunity to be connected to nature with these small treasures. We think it’s the perfect yin, to the high tech iPhone yang!”
Another material that sustainable products company Reveal uses in their phone covers is cork. Cork is a sustainable and renewable natural resource, as cork trees don’t have to be cut down to harvest their bark. Cork forests serve as important habitat for over 13,000 species of animals, plants, and insects, which are not found anywhere else. Like their bamboo phone covers, Reveal’s cork phone cases are ultra-durable and well-made. There are a variety of patterns in Reveal’s “cork leather” cases, from the Japanese wave shown above to hibiscus flowers and styles with a more unfinished, organic look. There’s also a folio style if you like to cover the screen of your phone.
Trade in House brings cork chic to a whole new level. Offering a wide variety of products made with cork, they demonstrate that this superstar of sustainable materials has really come into its own. Be sure to check out their Etsy store to see the beautifully designed cork hats, shoes, and accessories they create.
Trade in House fits:
iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 7, and 7 Plus, as well as some smaller phones
Cases by CSERA offers a wide variety of artistically designed recycled phone cases. Their products are Etsy-verified handmade and CSERA’s owner hand illustrates every design herself. CSERA produces their recycled plastic phone covers in working conditions that are safe and healthy for their workers. The cases are made from 100% recycled, post-consumer PET certified plastic. The company also uses eco-friendly ink and they ship their cases in recycled packaging.
No matter if you’re a gifted chef, a hack, or a disaster around the kitchen, these chefs make vegan cooking (and eating) look easy and fun. If you like what you see, be sure to subscribe to their YouTube channels.
Ladies, if you haven’t noticed yet, we’re living in the Golden Age of Vegan Shoes because I’ve never seen such an amazing selection of women’s vegan sandals.
Before we start looking at these lovelies, can we all just take a moment to give a big, standing ovation to all of the animal advocates out there who have gotten us to this point in human evolution? That includes the nonprofits – PETA, The Humane Society, Mercy for Animals, Direct Action Everywhere, and many others – plus, the activists, the designers, and all of you who ever went to a shoe website, typed in the word “vegan,” and refused to buy anything if it yielded zero results. Well done! Thankfully, today, there’s a lots of cute ladies’ vegan sandals to choose from.
We do still have some evolving to do when it comes to making sandals that are also eco-friendly. While there are now a number of great brands making vegan flip flops that are made with recycled and other eco-friendly materials, when it comes to sandals, it’s still hard to find styles made with sustainable materials. When I do find vegan shoe brands that emphasize sustainability, I note them with UniGuide’s eco-friendly leaf icon.
One positive thing I’ve learned since doing my research on vegan shoes is that these days it’s less common for the adhesives used in shoes to be made with animal products. The reason is that synthetic glues simply perform better – they’re more flexible and last longer than the glues that contained animal byproducts. Needless to say, this is good news for animals and those of us who look for vegan shoes.
There are many pretty vegan sandals in this post, so if you’re looking for a certain type, you can click on these links to jump to that section:
Since we’re in the height of wedding season, I thought I’d start off with these sweet vintage-inspired and PETA-approved vegan sandals by Roni Kanter. All of their shoes are handmade and cruelty-free. They offer classic styles in both high and low heels – perfect for a spring or summer wedding, or any other special occasion where you want to look your prettiest.
This classic open toe sandal has a cute ankle strap and comes in a wide variety of colors. It’s made with 100% manmade materials. It comes in black faux leather, floral print, gold, silver, tan, nude, red, white, yellow, and pink. Time to show off your pedicure!
If you want an even sexier look, try these stiletto heeled sandals with ankle straps and peep toes. They’re also made with 100% manmade materials. The heel is approximately 3″. These sandals come in a variety of colors to match any outfit in your wardrobe, including: black faux leather, floral print, gold, silver, tan, nude, red, hot pink, blue, and white.
If you want a slightly lower heel, but love the kitten heel look, these vegan sandals by Heels Charm will fit the bill. They’re made with 100% synthetic materials. They come in gray faux patent leather, nude, green, purple, black, and white
If you want the high heeled look, but something sturdier than stilettos, take a look at these high block heel sandals by Sam Edelman. They come in black textile, floral print, golden yellow, hot pink, purple, cork, palm leaf, black and gold textile, and gold. And if you can’t find the perfect color choice in Sam Edelman, check out these similar styled sandals by Bamboo.
These strappy sling back sandals by Naturalizer are classy enough and comfortable enough to wear to work all day or dance in all night at your best friend’s wedding. With a high, but not too-high kitten heel, these sandals come in a variety of fun colors, including champagne faux leather, red, wine, cream, tan, silver, and rose gold.
Another designer known for creating super comfortable shoes, Aerosoles has brought sexy back to their brand with these high-heeled, ankle strap vegan sandals. They have a double padded memory foam insole and the heel measures 3.4”. They come in black velvet, wine velvet, silver, gold, black, cork, metallic, red, and even more colors.
Headed to a disco in Dubai or wish you were? You’ll love these fun, Middle Eastern-inspired sandals with some extra bling. They come in a variety of sparkly styles reminiscent of butterflies and mosaic artwork.
If you’re looking for a more natural aesthetic, check out these truly unique high-heeled and cruelty-free sandals by Gigi made with natural raffia. The heel is ultra-high at 4.25” and thankfully, they have a cushioned footbed.
If you want a lower heel, Touch Ups has a variety of fun vegan sandals that have a sexy, strappy look with a more conservative, comfortable heel. This sandal will make it easy to transition from work to a night on the town.
If you want the strappy look, but with a lower kitten heel, these pretty sandals by Badgley Mischka mean you don’t have to compromise sexy for comfortable. They have a padded footbed and come in silver, gold, and rose gold.
These sweet, low-heeled wedge style sandals by London Fog are comfortable enough to wear to work all day, then hit happy hour and an evening out. The heel measures approximately 1.75″ and they come in black or silver.
These Voyage Sandals by Alfani are the perfect travel shoes. They’re lightweight and easy to pack, super versatile for day or nighttime, and comfortable enough to sightsee in all day. The heel is 1.5” and they’re available in both medium and wide widths. They come in navy blue, black, white, pink, gray, and quartz.
But if those low-heeled vegan sandals are a bit too tame for you, how about these hula girl shoes? Meeting the boyfriend’s parents for the first time or have an important job interview? Come on! Take a risk! You can’t go wrong in these hula girl shoes. After all, they’re vegan, and that’s what matters most. :o)
Next, I’ll show you some really cute women’s vegan wedge sandals and platform sandals. But first, a little history lesson…
Back in the day, when it was hard to find stylish vegan sandals, compassionate women could always turn to espadrilles. Made with cotton fabric and braided jute, espadrilles were vegan way before vegan was cool. And when the platform wedge heel came along, coupled with laces wrapping up feminine legs – forget it – even men who didn’t have foot fetishes suddenly had foot fetishes.
But when were wedge heels invented?
According to Renee Jacques in the Huffington Post, wedge heel shoes were invented in the 1940s by the famous Italian shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo. Because of World War II era sanctions against Italy, the designer was unable to acquire the steel that was normally used in the heels of his shoes. “I experimented with pieces of Sardinian cork,” wrote Mr. Ferragamo, “pushing and gluing and fixing and trimming until the entire space between the sole and the heel was blocked solid.” Testament to his ingenious design skills, the new style quickly took off and, as you’ll see in this post, it shows no sign of becoming passé.
Unfortunately, you won’t find any wedge sandals by Ferragamo in this post. Why? You guessed it – I couldn’t find any by Ferragamo that are vegan. Sadly, Mr. Ferragamo passed away in the 1960s, too soon to experience the vegan footwear revolution that is, well – afoot! We can only hope that his enduring fashion house will wake up and smell the espresso and honor his fashion forward thinking by creating some cruelty-free sandals for the women of today.
These vegan wedge sandals by Siamese Dream were real standouts when I did my research because I didn’t come across any other sandals quite like them. Sadly, I just learned that their master shoemaker has been ill, so they’ll be discontinuing their shoe line. They still have some styles left, so if you fancy them – get them while you can!
Ibizencas makes their vegan sandals in Spain. Their shoes are all handmade, and the company uses organic cotton and natural jute in their designs. They have both high and low heeled styles. And if you’ve got a wedding to attend, or if you’re having your own, be sure to check out their wedding collection.
Walk Heart Espadrilles will customize espadrilles for you in their studio in Spain. They use organic cotton in their designs, and all of their shoes are handmade. These bright blue vegan sandals have 4” heels and blue ribbons that wrap up your legs. The fun bright blue tassels will undoubtedly have people asking, “Where did you get those shoes?”
You can’t go wrong when you buy a pair of socially conscious TOMS sandals (as long as they’re from their vegan collection!) These super flattering open toe wedge sandals will look great with a skirt or a pair of jeans. They also come in a black denim. (But beware, there’s a natural colored style too that has leather on the strap.) Heel height is approximately 3.4”.
If you want the wedge look, but a lower heel, check out these wedge sandals by LifeStride. They’re ultra-comfortable with elastic crisscross straps and a faux leather toe strap. The cork heel is about 2” and they come in medium and wide widths. Colors include black, navy blue, and natural.
While UGG is known for their very not-animal-friendly leather boots, it’s reassuring to see them branch out and include some cruelty-free shoes. We can only hope they phase out all their styles made with animal skin (when people stop buying them!) These cute espadrilles have a canvas upper and rubber soles. The heel measures 2”.
This fun vegan wedge sandal by Michael Kors has a 4” braided jute heel and a 1” platform. They have a cute zippered t-strap up the front and a cushioned foot bed. Colors include: black, natural, navy blue, white, orange, turquoise, and pink.
If you’ve been too busy to refresh your pedicure, you’ll be covered with these closed, round toed espadrilles by Style & Co. The upper is made with soft microsuede. The classic espadrille wedge heel is 2.5” and the platform is 0.75”. These sandals come in red, black, denim, and gold.
These fun stretch elastic wedge sandals have a 3.25” cork heel and a 1.25” platform. The adjustable ankle strap makes them comfortable enough to wear to an outdoor concert, amusement park, or wherever the fun takes you this summer. They come in red, ivory, navy blue, silver, and black.
Another cute style by Aerosoles, these vegan wedge sandals sport a buckled toe strap and a cute ankle strap. The heel measures approximately 3.25″ and the platform is 0.75”. They come in black, red, and cork.
If you’re looking for a lower heel, but with the same cute look and an ankle strap, check out this style by Kenneth Cole Reaction. They have a 1” heel that’s closed in the back and a cushioned sole. This style comes in a wide array of colors, including natural cork, navy blue, black, white, red, champagne, gold, coral, brown, denim, and multi-colored.
These high platform sandals by Dolce Vita will have you standing out in the crowd. The platform is lightweight with a wooden look. They come in textile patterns and blue denim. (There are some leather styles, so be sure to read the product details.)
You won’t regret wearing these super comfortable elastic strap wedge sandals by Anne Klein. Get the high-heeled wedge look with the low-heel feel of sneakers. Colors include: natural, pewter, black, denim blue, and orange-red.
If you like the 70s look, these high-platform wedge sandals have it. They have cute ankle laces, and they come in black, white, or pink. The heel is 4” and the platform is 1.5”. Plus, they have a rubber sole, in case you need to do a little dancing on a slippery floor.
Skechers now creates a wide variety of animal-friendly, comfortable shoes. These colorful crisscross slide wedges can be worn with anything. The heel is 2.75” and the platform 0.75”. They also come in a few different color combinations.
Here’s another style by Skechers that is extra comfortable and equipped with a heel strap. It comes in black denim, blue denim, taupe, white, light blue, and brown. The heel measures 2.75″ and the platform is .75”.
This classic, peep toe wedge espadrille by Ralph Lauren has a braided jute heel and comes in a variety of textiles, including batik, black, navy, pink, mint, purple, and bright turquoise. The heel measures 2.5″ and the platform is 0.5”.
These vegan sandals by Impo have it all, including a sling back strap for comfort and an open toe to show off your pedicure. They have a 3” wedge heel and a 1.5” platform. Colors include black, navy blue, and rose.
Hoodies date back to Medieval times, when hooded cloaks were worn by monks. I like to think the organic cotton and recycled hoodies featured in this post do justice to their spiritual roots. “How so?” you might ask. Well, I think their creation is in harmony with an evolved, spiritual mindset because they’re made with eco-conscious materials.
All of the hoodies in this post are made with organic cotton or recycled materials, and in some cases, a blend of the two. I’ve written about why commercial cotton is bad for the environment in my post about organic cotton and recycled vegan t-shirts, as well as my post about organic cotton and recycled hammocks. Those same principles apply to hooded tops as well. Why buy a hooded sweatshirt made with sub-standard materials that aren’t good for our planet when you have a selection like these to choose from?
This unique eco-friendly hooded top features the red “root” chakra, designed to help you feel secure and grounded. The hand-drawn chakra design is printed on lightweight and soft heather gray fabric made with 50% organic cotton and 50% recycled polyester.
About the brand: Soul Flower creates ethical, eco conscious clothing for men and women, including hoodies, shirts, tank tops, pants, shorts, and skirts.
This hooded top embodies some of the best hippie values: “Earth, music, sunsets, nature, trees, friends good vibes” is hand-printed on the front. It’s also by Soul Flower, and is made with a soft, stretchy blend of organic cotton and recycled polyester. It has a loose cowl hood that will look great on or off your head. This hoodie features raw hems and center back seams. And it’s long enough to cover your fanny if you want it too. All of Soul Flower’s clothing is made in the USA
Made with soft, organic cotton fleece, this hoodie dress features an oversized cowl neck that can convert into a hood to keep you warm on cold days. It’s available in Earthy tones, including beige, olive, brown, plum, and black.
About the brand: Una Pluma creates unique clothing for women and babies that’s made with 100% organic cotton. Their clothes are made using Fair Trade best practices. Una Pluma’s mission is to make clothing that not only looks and feels good when you wear it, but is also beneficial to humanity and non-damaging to the Earth.
This lovely, tunic-length ladies’ hoodie is hand made with unbleached organic cotton and hemp jersey fabric. It features a loose, cowl-style hood and a gently scooped neckline.
About the brand: Soul Role hand makes eco-friendly apparel for men and women on the beautiful
Hamakua Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. Founder Nancy is fulfilling her purpose by creating clothing that is healthy and enjoyable for people while not harming the Earth. Be sure to check out Soul Role’s Etsy store to see more of their eco-conscious styles.
A classic zip hoodie by Patagonia, this heather gray ladies’ sweatshirt is made with soft organic cotton and recycled polyester.
About the brand: Patagonia has been leading the charge in creating outdoor clothing and gear that has a minimal environmental footprint since 1973.
Dubbed the Fireside Hoodie, this ladies’ top is made with soft fleece hemp and organic cotton fabric. It comes in a variety of Earth-inspired colors, including redwood, wheat, cloud, sea, leaf, moss, storm, and night.
About the brand:
Inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds us, Wild Craft Company produces small batch clothing using only the highest quality organic fabrics and ecologically sensitive dyes. We are committed to creating eco-friendly apparel that is good for you, and good for the earth.
This classic styled zip hoodie will go great with your favorite pair of jeans of yoga pants. It’s made with combed, ring-spun organic cotton and recycled polyester with a terry cloth texture. It comes in black, dark blue, light gray, and charcoal.
About the brand:
Headquartered in New York, Stars & Stripes Clothing Co. is a Navy veteran-owned and -operatied clothing company that creates eco-friendly styles for men, women, and kids
The Zen Hoodie is made with plush hemp and organic cotton fleece. It has a loose-fitting hoods, long, slim sleeves, and hand-warming front pocket. This hoodie comes in black, natural, and olive.
About the brand: Sweet Skins is a women-owned eco fashion company based in Eugene, Oregon. Founder and head designer Mira Fannin is also a mom of three. Be sure to check out Sweet Skins’ Etsy shop to see Mira’s other designs, which include underwear, tops, skirts, dresses, and pants.
The super cool El Capitan Hoodie features a double-breasted snap front and a high, turtle neck-style collar. It’s got two side pockets that will hold your essentials or keep your hands warm on cold days and evenings. It’s handmade in soft, organic cotton fleece, and comes in black and greenish blue.
About the brand: Radio Clothing is based in Vancouver B.C. where they design unique styles that are sewn in ethical working conditions in Bali, Indonesia.
This special hoodie dress is made with an organic cotton Lycra blend. It features lace details on the sleeves and ruched sides that you can tie up or let loose.
About the brand:
Founder Jess Seed started Seed Pod Designs with a partner in 2010 in Byron Bay, Australia. After Jess’ partner died tragically in 2014, she made the conscious decision to continue her and her friend’s vision of creating unique, artistic clothing that makes people feel good wearing it. Be sure to see more of Jess’ unique styles for men and women in her Etsy store.
Remind the world of this noble creature who’s seriously under threat. This pullover wolf hoodie has a drawstring hood and kangaroo pocket. It’s made with a combination of organic cotton and recycled materials, and comes in gray, green, or heather black.
About the brand:
Partners Maggie and Michael founded Super Maggie in 2001. All of their unique tops are hand made in the USA in their workshop in Austin, Texas. Check out their Etsy store to see tops with other animals.
This is a very soft and durable organic cotton hoodie that will keep shape after washes. It features a statement design inspired by endangered bear species (printed at the back). Comes with two hood cords to choose from.
About the brand: Uncaptive is a socially conscious company that’s motivated to solve problems in the fashion industry. They make animal-friendly and Fair Trade clothing and other personal items.
This classic zip hoodie is made with soft, brushed 100% organic cotton. It comes in a variety of colors, including wine, heather blue, navy blue, white, gray, and black.
About the brand:
Eco fashion company Underhood of London believes in making fashion that exists in harmony with nature. Their clothes are made in their carbon neutral factory that operates on solar and wind energy.
This soft zip hoodie features a Native American dreamcatcher on the front. It’s made with soft, organic cotton and recycled materials.
About the brand: Allies of the Earth is a company that’s on a mission. They want to re-habilitate human consciousness back into the web of life through art. Creator Kamala is a massage therapist and a yoga teacher, as well as Allies’ head designer. Visit her Etsy store to see more of her designs.
This cool, black pullover sweatshirt features a detailed heavy metal-style print and white drawstrings in the hood. It’s made with 100% organic cotton.
About the brand: Anticarnist creates soft, sustainable, and vegan hoodies and other clothing with a hard rock / heavy metal vibe. Their clothes are made with organic cotton and eco-friendly fabric Tencel. They’re Fair Wear Foundation certified, which means they’re made in safe and fair working conditions. In addition, Anticarnist creates their goods with a low carbon footprint, and they ship in biodegradable packaging. You can see more of their designs in my posts about vegan tank tops and vegan t-shirts.
This animal rights zip hoodie, also by Anticarnist, features the message “Not your body, not your life, not your choice” emblazoned on the back. It’s made with 100% organic cotton in Fair Wear Foundation certified working conditions.
This men’s hoodie by eco-conscious clothing company Sole Role is handmade on the Big Island of Hawaii. It’s made with organic cotton and hemp jersey fabric. It features raglan sleeves and a generous hood. Be sure to check out more of Sole Role’s styles for men in their Etsy store.
This minimal black pullover hoodie is printed with a blessed bee. It’s made in the USA with organic cotton.
About the brand: Naturwrk makes eco-friendly clothing that’s hand screen-printed with non-toxic water-based ink that used no PVC or phthalates. They earmark a portion of their proceeds to animal and environmental charities.
This handmade hoodie by Steez Studio features a design emblazoned with a variety of suns. It’s made with 85% ring-spun, pre-shrunk organic cotton fleece and 15% polyester. It’s made in ethical working conditions.
It’s always reassuring to see big, known brands also get on the eco fashion bandwagon. While this hoodie just contains 5% recycled polyester, for a company as large as Hanes, this means 50 million plastic water bottles are kept out of the landfill on an annual basis. I sure hope Hanes does even more to make their clothes even more eco-friendly. This sweatshirt comes in a wide variety of colors.
About the brand: Hanes Brands is a leading, global manufacturer of everyday apparel.
This pullover hoodie is made with 100% organic cotton in Fair Trade working conditions.
About the brand: Slothers is an independent lifestyle brand from Poole, UK that makes casual, eco-friendly clothes and other gear. They’re a member of 1% for the Planet, which means they donate 1% of their sales to environmental nonprofits.
The following are truthful recorded events that occurred in the early morning hours of Friday, September 14, 2018.
2:49 am – Wake Mom up with gift of impossibly large dead rat. (Mercifully, on the floor next to the bed; not in the bed.)
4:05 am – Wake whole neighborhood up with screeching and high drama right outside the cat door. Come running in the cat door. Roo dog is on the case. Mom opens the back door and Roo is in attack mode, chased away the invader. That damn raccoon again…
Of the 326 million people in the U.S., about 19.5 million – or 6% – now identify with being vegan. The rise of veganism, not just in the U.S. but all over the world, has been a boon for animals, human health, and for our fight to mitigate climate change. Do you want to help keep that momentum going? One way is to spread the message with a vegan tank top! The vegan tank tops I feature here are extra cool because they’re made with organic cotton and other eco-friendly materials.
The Best Eco-Friendly Fabrics
Organic Cotton Tank Tops
As much as possible, on UniGuide, I try to feature the most eco-friendly versions of products within their respective categories that I can find. For example, I’ll always feature organic cotton products over commercial cotton, and recycled synthetics over those made with virgin materials. You can read about why organic cotton is better than commercial cotton, as well as why materials like recycled polyester are better than virgin polyester, in my posts about vegan t-shirts and organic cotton and recycled hammocks.
I found some vegan tank tops that are made with organic cotton and rayon bamboo blends, but I chose not to include those here. While it’s sometimes marketed as “bamboo fabric,” the version of rayon that comes from bamboo cellulose has a pretty heavy environmental footprint. With rayon, very little of the original natural material fibers from the plants are left after a production process that utilizes a lot of polluting chemical and heavy metals.
Recycled Polyester and Tencel® Tank Tops
I do feature some vegan tank tops in this post that are made with other blended fabrics. For example, there are some eco-friendly tank tops made with organic cotton and recycled polyester, and others made with organic cotton and Tencel®.
Tencel is a quasi-natural/quasi-synthetic fabric that is actually environmentally friendly. It’s made with a cellulose that comes from non-GMO, organically-farmed, and non-old growth eucalyptus trees that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC.)
In addition, the solvents used in the production of Tencel get recycled. Tencel has other environmental certifications, including the Oeko Tex 100 textile certification, which means it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals. Furthermore, Tencel has been awarded with the European Award for the Environment by the EU.
This vegan tank top is handmade with organic cotton. The big letters that spell out “VEGAN” are handprinted with silk screen using eco-friendly ink. The organic cotton fabric is Ecocert Greenlife certified. The aim of Ecocert is to guarantee the traceability and integrity of the raw materials used and the manufacturing process of textiles. This fabric used in this tank top is super soft to touch.
About the brand:
Based in the beautiful island of Cyprus, Peaceful Warrior Yoga hand prints tank tops, t-shirts, and hoodies. If you have a custom order in mind, just email them in their Etsy story.
While this tank top doesn’t have the word “vegan” or “plant-based” on it, I thought I’d include it in this post simply because pigs are one of the most-killed animals for food. This tank top will help remind people of these peaceful, intelligent, and sentient beings. This tank top is also made with organic cotton and printed with non-toxic, water-based ink. Plus, it’s made in the USA.
About the brand: Veganese Tees makes a variety of t-shirts, tank tops, and hoodies with nature motifs and activist slogans. You can see some of their t-shirts in my post about vegan t-shirts. And you can see more of their designs in their Etsy shop.
Here’s another “vegan without actually saying you’re vegan” organic cotton tank by Veganese Tees. This design comes in black or heather gray, and it’s made with 100% organic cotton. The distressed text is printed with non-toxic, water-based ink.
Show your devotion to animals. This organic cotton vegan tank top has a loose, flattering cut and comes in a heathery sea blue. It’s made with 50% organic cotton and 50% recycled polyester from plastic bottles.
About the brand: Threads for Love is a socially-conscious company that says they run on compassion and integrity. They donate 10% of the proceeds from their sales to animal welfare organizations. And, they ship their products in eco-friendly packaging.
Another eco-friendly top by Threads of Love, this muscle tank comes in black with white letters. It’s made with 100% organic cotton. Threads of Love will donate 10% of the proceeds from this sale to animal welfare organizations.
If you’re a vegan with an edge, you’ll love these tank tops by Anticarnist. With intricately detailed, original artwork, they shout fierce, rock-n-roll activism. This tank top is made with 50% combed organic cotton and 50% Tencel, an eco-friendly fabric.
About the brand: Anticarnist creates soft, sustainable animal rights tank tops and other clothing with a hard rock activist vibe. Their clothes are made with organic cotton and eco-friendly Tencel, and they’re Fair Wear Foundation certified. Fair Wear certification means these clothes are made by people working in safe and fair working conditions. In addition, Anticarnist creates their goods with a low carbon footprint, and they ship in biodegradable packaging.
Here’s another cool vegan tank top by Anticarnist. It’s also made with organic cotton and Tencel. This cool, activist tank is made in safe, fair labor conditions and it will be shipped in biodegradable packaging.
Hammocks are a sublime was to relax, but what you’re relaxing in is worth consideration. Whether you’re shopping for an indoor or outdoor hammock, I highly recommend getting one that’s made with eco-friendly materials. I was happy to find a variety of organic cotton hammocks as well as hammocks made with recycled materials, which I share with you in this post.
Most hammocks you find today are made with synthetic materials, such as virgin nylon and polyester. While these synthetics are certainly durable and in some cases inexpensive, they do have big environmental costs.
Many other hammocks, such as traditional rope hammocks, are made with commercial cotton. Alas, while commercial cotton is a natural fiber and therefore more biodegradable than synthetics, it also has a heavy environmental footprint. You can read more details about the problems with hammocks made from these materials at the end of this post.
But first, check out all of these Earth-friendly ways to kick back and relax.
Eco-Friendly, Organic Cotton Hammocks by La Siesta
The perfect name for a hammock company, La Siesta is a market leader in organic cotton hammocks. They make a number of Colombian and Brazilian hammocks with GOTS certified organic cotton. “GOTS” stands for the Global Organic Textile Standard, which is the preeminent textile processing standard for organic fibers. Cotton that is GOTS certified means every step in the supply chain is independently certified to meet rigorous ecological and social standards.
Through their SOCiLA initiative, La Siesta furthers organic cotton-growing programs in Latin America. This initiative focuses on:
Decreasing pesticide contamination
Lowering the carbon footprint of growing cotton
Protecting surface and ground water
Reducing water usage
Maintaining healthy soils
Protecting the health of farmers and field workers
Supporting small, family-owned farms
Enhancing food security
Promoting sustainable, organic farming methods
This list should make you feel pretty good as you relax in a La Siesta organic hammock.
The Bossa Nova Family Hammock can hold up to 440 lbs., so it’s big enough for the whole family or a few close friends. It’s made with 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. La Siesta describes its organic cotton hammocks as “fair to humans, fair to nature, and having supreme softness.”
Your purchase of this hammock will support street children in Brazil. La Siesta donates five euros for every hammock they sell to the Brazilian street kids’ project Dito Escolinha. This hammock comes in ivory and Bordeaux red.
Here’s a video of the Bosso Nova Brazilian Hammock:
Another GOTS certified organic cotton hammock by La Siesta, the Brazilian-style Copa Hammock is big enough to fit two people or 355 lbs. This hammock is handmade in Brazil and has decorative macramé fringes. Plus, it has tear-proof selvages and multiple suspension cords. It comes in orange/red, brown, blue/fuchsia, and green/yellow. It’s also machine-washable.
This classic Colombian hammock is another one that’s big enough for the whole family, with a 440-pound weight capacity. It’s made with GOTS certified organic cotton and it comes in orange/red, brown, blue/fuchsia, and green/yellow. It’s also machine-washable.
This ivory, Bohemian-style hammock with macramé fringe is made with 100% organic cotton. It can be used indoors or outdoors, and it’s machine-washable. It comes in single or double hammock widths. Fiber makes a variety of natural fiber home wares.
This stretchy, woven hammock comes in ivory as well as fun color combinations, including Rastafarian, rainbow, and the colors of the Brazilian flag. It’s made with organic cotton.
The Toucan Shop is a socially conscious company that imports goods directly from artisans in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Guatemala. Every Toucan hammock sold helps to get homeless, disabled, and vulnerable people out poverty. All of Toucan Shops’ products are handmade and Fair Trade.
Ecomundy is another premium brand that makes eco-friendly hammocks with GOTS certified organic cotton. With a focus on sustainability, Ecomundy uses only GOTS certified organic cotton to ensure “the entire process, from the production of organic cotton to the spinning, dyeing, weaving, finishing, and transportation to the point of sale” follows the highest environmental and ethical standards.
The Jungle Hammock is made by the Warao tribe of the Amazon with 100% natural moriche rope from palm trees. These hammocks are created from a 4,000-year old weaving tradition, and each hammock takes three months to make. They can hold up to 300 lbs.
This environmentally conscious hammock by Eco-Hammock with made with 100% recycled PET plastic bottles and discarded cotton textile scraps. The cotton textile cuttings are sorted by hand, so no re-dying is needed, increasing the Earth-friendly aspects of this cool hammock. It comes in ivory, turquoise, red, orange, and royal blue stripes, and you can use it indoors or outside. This eco-friendly hammock is large enough to fit two people who are 6’5”.
In business since 1880, Byer of Maine makes camping and home ware products, including hammocks, cots, and bird feeders. This colorful, eco-friendly, Brazilian-style hammock is made with a recycled cotton and polyester blend. It’s designed for one person, but can hold up to 300 lbs. It can be used as an indoor or outdoor hammock, and it’s easy to fold up and store when not in use.
This eco-friendly hammock is made with 100% recycled plastic bottles and recycled cotton. Yet, the material looks, feels, and performs like linen. One hammock keeps 25 PET plastic water bottles out of the landfill or ocean. The blue color comes from the recycled materials used – the hammock is not dyed.
Why It’s Better to Get an Eco-Friendly Organic Cotton or Recycled Hammock
Nylon and Polyester Hammocks
Materials that hammocks are commonly made of today are not gentle on our environment. Synthetic materials like nylon and polyester leave an unfavorable environmental footprint.
Polyester is not considered eco-friendly because it takes a lot of energy to produce. In addition, its production emits greenhouse gases and other harmful chemicals into the environment. Polyester also uses large amounts of water to produce, as well as lubricants that can cause contamination in the water supply. On a more positive note, polyester can be recycled.
Nylon, while durable and lightweight, which makes it a great material for camping hammocks, is also derived from petrochemicals. Like polyester, nylon isn’t biodegradable. In addition, its production emits nitrous oxide (N2O), which is a greenhouse gas that has 310-times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide (CO2).
The Problem with Hammocks Made from Commercial, Non-Organic Cotton
Whether cotton is organic or not, it requires a lot of water to grow. For example, it can take more than 5,300 gallons of water to produce two pounds of cotton – which makes the equivalent of just one t-shirt and one pair of jeans. (World Wildlife Fund)
In addition, non-organic, commercial cotton uses a lot of insecticides and pesticides to grow. In fact, 2.4% of the world’s crop land is planted with cotton, and yet cotton accounts for a whopping 24% of the insecticides and 11% of the pesticides used globally. Pesticides and insecticides not only destroy natural habitats and kill insects – like bees – they also cause severe health impacts in field workers. (World Wildlife Fund)
The use of genetically-modified cotton has increased dramatically in recent years. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 94% of the cotton now grown in the U.S. is genetically modified. (USDA)
The list of how genetically modified seeds and crops are harming humans, animals, insects, and the environment is extensive. In the case of genetically modified cotton, it has caused farm workers to become ill with skin and respiratory problems, it has killed livestock that have ingested it, and it’s built resistance in the very pests that the genetic modification was meant to curtail, requiring farmers to increase their use of pesticides even more. (Canadian Biotechnology Action Network)
While it’s difficult to avoid cotton altogether, wherever possible, opt for organic cotton. Yes, it can be more expensive, but more people buying products made from organic cotton will help drive down the price. And the overall rewards it delivers when it comes to human, animal, and environmental health are undeniable.
Sometimes you need to wear your heart on your sleeve, or your values on your chest, as the case may be. I looked for the best vegan t-shirts I could find to share them with you here. What makes these vegan t-shirts the best? Besides being fun and purposeful, they’re all made with organic cotton and some are a recycled polyester / organic cotton blend.
As you may know, while it’s a natural material, commercial cotton is not eco-friendly for a couple of key reasons:
It requires a lot of water to grow.
If it’s not organic, it’s grown with a lot of pesticide and herbicides.
Thus, I always look to see if there are organic cotton versions of the products that I present on UniGuide that are made with cotton. I also look for recycled materials, and in this case – t-shirts that are made with recycled polyester vs. virgin polyester.
Like commercial cotton, polyester is not an eco-friendly material. It uses a lot of water in its production, in addition to emitting greenhouse gas emissions when it’s made. Furthermore, it’s not biodegradable. But it can be recycled. So, it’s always great to see recycled polyester being kept out of the landfill and used in cool products like these vegan t-shirts!
Have you ever been asked that question – Where do you get your protein? Uh yeah… Save some time and energy for those unenlightened folks with this cheeky t-shirt. It’s hand-printed with water-based, non-toxic, and eco-friendly ink, plus it’s made with 100% certified organic cotton. It’s available in standard unisex sizes and comes in a variety of colors.
About the brand: Veganese Tees makes a t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, and other eco-friendly items that have positive, activist messages printed on them with non-toxic ink. Be sure to check out their collection in their Etsy store
This vegan t-shirt, also by Veganese Tees, is hand-printed with a water-based, non-toxic, environmentally friendly ink. It’s super soft and is made in the USA with 100% organic cotton. It comes in green, gray, and navy blue. It’s available in standard women’s sizes.
Stick up for your animal pals! Here’s another great vegan t-shirt from Veganese Tees. Like all of their styles, it’s made with organic cotton and printed with non-toxic, eco-friendly ink. This t-shirt comes in standard unisex sizes, and it comes in five different Earth-tone colors.
Sometimes those who aspire to veganism need a little motivational shove. Remind them that there’s a wonderful life awaiting them – and it has delicious vegan cheese in it. Another eco-conscious design by Veganese Tees, this t-shirt is also made with organic cotton and printed with water-based, non-toxic ink. It comes in five different Earth-tone colors, and standard unisex sizes.
Another fun vegan t-shirt by Veganese Tees, this style comes in light blue, navy blue, and three other Earth tone colors. It’s also made with 100% organic cotton and printed with non-toxic ink. This cute donkey will win over the hardcore carnivores. He’ll help you win friends and influence people wherever you go.
This vegan tee is one of my faves because I loved frogs and toads as a little girl, and I still do! But no animal should be a science project. This t-shirt is 100% organic cotton and made in the USA. It’s available in standard unisex sizes.
This t-shirt says it artfully. If you’re not comfortable wearing a “Vegan AF” t-shirt, this might be right one for you. It’s printed with water-based, non-toxic ink, and it’s made in the USA. The soft, eco-friendly fabric is 50% organic cotton and 50% recycled polyester (RPET.)
If only the whole world would take this simple mantra to heart! This ladies’ vegan t-shirt is made with 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. GOTS certified is cotton that is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard, which is the leading textile processing standard for organic fibers. When a fiber is GOTS certified, every step in the supply chain is certified to meet strict ecological and social criteria. This t-shirt comes in black or white.
About the brand: The Green Family France creates eco-friendly women’s and men’s t-shirts, tote bags, and accessories that are made with organic cotton and recycled polyester.
This stylish ladies’ t-shirt has a wide scoop neck, a loose fit, and a shorter, cropped look. It’s also by The Green Family France and is made with GOTS certified organic cotton. It comes in black or white.
Wear your hashtags on your chest! And this is certainly one of the most important hashtags to promote in these climate changing times we’re living in.
Another design by The Green Family France, this vegan tee is made with GOTS certified, Fair Wear Foundation approved, 100% organic cotton. The Fair Wear Foundation is nonprofit that works to improve conditions for workers in garment factories.
Another not-so-subtle fashion statement, this saucy green ladies’ t-shirt is hand-printed in London. The slogan comes in men’s styles too. This t-shirt is made with 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and it’s Fair Wear Foundation approved.
This eco-conscious t-shirt is also created with a low carbon footprint, and the ink is water-based and Soil Association approved. The Soil Association is a UK-based nonprofit that advocates for healthy, humane, and sustainable food, farming, and land use.
About the brand: Simple Animal Design makes ethical totes and t-shirts in their workshop in London. Check out their Etsy store to see more socially conscious designs.
“Stand Against Racism, Animal Cruelty, Homophobia, Modern Slavery, Violence, Sexism, Hate.” Amen! What do all of these things have in common? Abuse of power and fear-based anger. Speak out against those bad vibes with this socially conscious eco-friendly t-shirt. It’s made with 100% organic cotton and it’s printed with non-toxic, water-based ink.
About the brand: Eco Tee Shack offers organic, Fair Wear, and eco-friendly t-shirts. Be sure to check out their Etsy store to see their wide selection of activist and humorous tees.
This simple white tee with its strong slogan is made with soft organic cotton and non-toxic ink.
About the brand: Label V, which stands for “Vegan for the Voiceless,” believes in the power of clothing to be a billboard to promote animal rights and a cruelty-free lifestyle. Label V donates 10% of the proceeds from their sales to the organization Hong Kong Pig Save.
This t-shirt speaks truth to power. If you’ve ever seen footage of calves being taken away from their mamas, you know just how scary dairy is. This t-shirt, also from Label V, comes in standard unisex sizes. It has a slim fit and is made with soft organic cotton. The blue color comes from natural indigo dye.
This vegan tee says it all: Set them free, Go vegan, and Say NO to meat, fur, cruelty sports, and animal testing. It’s made with 100% organic, ring-spun cotton, making it super soft to touch. It’s also certified by the Fair Wear Foundation.
About the brand: Rekindle Clothing is wearable art designed by artist Lisa Skelly. In addition to her compassionate t-shirts, she paints on jean jackets, totes, and home wares. Be sure to check out her Etsy store to see more.
For those times when you need to be a little more direct, without swearing, there’s the Vegan AF tee. This ladies’ t-shirt comes in a bunch of fun colors, so be sure to check out Over the Meadow’s Etsy store to see more.
Another cool, organic cotton t-shirt from Over the Meadow, this style comes in a bunch of great colors, including yellow, red, charcoal, black, and more. It’s available in standard unisex sizes for men and women.
Here’s another cool organic cotton and recycled t-shirt that says it like it is in bold stenciled letters. This t-shirt comes in a variety of sizes to fit men or women.
About the brand:
Based in Palm Beach, Florida, Viva La Riva creates clothes with fun slogans. They donate 1$ from every sale to an animal rights and environmental protection charities. Be sure to check out their Etsy store to see more of their fun tees.
Anticarnist makes a variety of black, rocker-inspired animal rights tees. Slogans include “Animals are here with us, not for us,” “Be vegan, sacrifice nothing,” “Animal lovers don’t eat animals,” and others. All of their t-shirts are Fair Wear certified and made with organic cotton. Be sure to check out their Etsy shop to see more.
About the brand: Anticarnist creates animals rights t-shirts and other clothing using sustainable materials like organic cotton. All of their clothes have a hard rock look that’s suitable for serious activists! And their immaculately detailed artwork is unparalleled. Anticarnist’s clothes are Fair Wear Foundation certified, which means they’re made by people working in safe and fair labor conditions. In addition, they create their clothes with a low carbon footprint, and they ship in biodegradable packaging.
This super cool black t-shirt is made with organic cotton. The detailed, digitally-printed artwork will have vegans and non-vegans alike asking you where you got that tee. It comes in standard unisex sizes.
About the brand:
Based in Middlesbrough, UK, Divine Tofu creates super cool, detailed cartoon-style art that they print on t-shirts and tote bags, as well as framed prints.
If you love skateboarding, you’re not alone. There are around 16 million skateboarders in the U.S. and another four million around the world, according to the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC). Skateboarders vary in style and intensity, from casual cruisers to daredevil freestylers, and today there’s a board style for everyone too.
The bamboo longboards you see today, and their shorter skateboard counterparts, are the descendants of some innovative ancestors.
While it can be argued which kid created it where first, the ancestor of the skateboards we see today was most likely a wooden crate strapped to a pair of roller skates. I can see how this invention easily happened. When my brothers and I were kids, of our own accord, we decided it would be a good idea to go sliding down the steep wooden stairs in our old house in cardboard boxes. We rode down the stairs in boxes at neck breaking speeds for hours of repeated fun and tons of scrapes and bruises.
One of the first recorded sightings of kids strapping crates to roller skates was by Betty Magnuson, a woman who was in the U.S. Army in France during WWII. She saw French kids in the Montmartre neighborhood in Paris riding on crates and boards that had roller skate wheels attached to them.
A little later, in another part of the world – Hawaii circa 1950, legend has it that it was surfers who created the first longboard skateboards. According to the website Snow Board Jones, these surfers wanted to mimic the “rolling motion of waves and the balance required by surfing” when they were stuck on dry land when the waves weren’t good. So, they elongated the boards-on-wheels, calling the sport “sidewalk surfing.”
Skateboarding has evolved to become not just a way to have fun and get around – but to a serious, bona fide sport. In 2020, it will finally be an official Olympic sport.
In many ways, skateboard materials have evolved too, but in other ways – they’ve stayed the same. While today you see skateboard decks that are made of aluminum, nylon, Plexiglas, fiberglass, foam, and composites, the majority of skateboard decks are still made with Canadian maple wood, and increasingly with bamboo. The other parts of the skateboard – the trucks, are usually made with aluminum or other metals, like brass, steel, or alloy, as well as nylon. And the wheels are usually made with polyurethane, which is a synthetic rubber polymer. (Source: MadeHow.com)
For this post, I zeroed in on bamboo longboards and skateboards, as well as those made with reclaimed and sustainable wood. I love seeing things made with as natural materials as possible. But it’s true that skateboards that are made with wood and bamboo are comprised of layers of those materials, which are pressed and held together with polyvinyl glues. So, you can’t say they’re exactly biodegradable, despite being made with natural materials. Furthermore, the polyurethane wheels are generally too expensive to recycle. Thus, skateboards are not exactly eco-friendly.
The industry does have a ways to go in terms of creating a cradle-to-cradle skateboard. But as is happening with some surfboard manufacturers, I’m happy to see environmentally-conscious skateboard companies and trying to make strides in that direction. I showcase a few of them here. I should mention that there are some cool accessories, including jewelry and sunglasses, that innovative product designers are making with recycled skateboard decks. You can see some of them in my most “Recycled Sunglasses.”
As their name implies, Bamboo Skateboards is all about bamboo longboards and skateboards. Knowing that a lot of Canadian maple trees are cut down to feed the skateboard market, they set out to create a more environmentally sustainable board. When a maple tree is cut down, it dies. Bamboo, on the other hand, can be harvested, but the plant will continue to grow – and quickly. But like maple wood, bamboo has flexibility while still being strong, which makes it an ideal material for skateboard decks.
Bamboo Skateboard’s longboards come in a selection of striking designs and shapes, including pintail and drop-through. And you can get them fully assembled or you can just buy the decks.
What customers say:
One customer noted that if you haven’t ridden on bamboo, there may be a bit of an adjustment to get used to it, but once you do, it feels super sturdy and can take a lot of punishment and serious riding.
Another customer said they didn’t feel any difference between maple and bamboo, and that this desk had much more flexibility and pop than they were expecting.
About the brand: Bamboo Skateboards set out to make a more eco-friendly board, and to help lessen the number of maple trees that are cut down for the skateboard market. They offer a variety of shapes and lengths of boards. I feature one of their shorter bamboo skateboards later in this post.
Here’s a video featuring Bamboo Skateboards’ cool boards:
Ten Toes’ sleek 44” bamboo longboards are designed in California. They come in a variety of different finishes, all with a cool vintage look, which complements the natural look of the bamboo. With lightweight, sturdy aluminum trucks and smooth 70mm wheels, these boards are designed for effortless gliding and carving.
What customers say:
Customers says this is a great board for beginners or those who like to ride mellow.
One customer said that despite her petite stature, this longboard was easy to pick up and carry around.
Another customer said they love the design so much, they installed a hanger on their wall to hang the board like a piece of art.
About the brand:
Inspired by 1960s surf culture, Ten Toes Board Emporium crafts and produces boards for skateboarding and stand up paddle boarding (SUP). Ten Toes says they design products that are geared to get people outside, having fun, and chasing adventures.
This bamboo longboard by Loaded Boards is made for carving and cruising. Cutouts on either side of the wheels allow for much tighter turns, giving you a ton of agility for urban commuting, tricks, or just cruising at high speed.
Loaded uses a combination of laminated bamboo and fiberglass to create hard-wearing decks that have a lot of flexibility. They’re ready to withstand constant use on busy streets or rough terrain. And the combination of Orangatang wheels with Loaded’s Jehu V2 bearings offers high performance, giving you a well-balanced ride every time.
What customers say:
One customer said this board is well-rounded, lightweight, and extremely responsive. And it handles challenging surfaces like wet gravel with grace.
Another customer who’s been skating for years said this was the best board they ever encountered, and that it’s well worth the investment.
About the brand:
Avid skateboarders, the team at Loaded Boards says they build the kind of longboards they’d want to ride themselves. From humble beginnings, they spent time honing their craft to produce some of the highest quality boards available.
If you’re looking for a smooth ride on a harder, sturdier board, then check out the Makahuna Kaha. It’s crafted with bamboo plus an extra layer of hard maple wood, making it a bit stiffer than the average longboard, which provides extra integrity for hard use on rough terrains.
This is the right choice for cruisers looking for a solid deck that can withstand the daily urban commute. It has wide trucks and soft 78A wheels that can handle tarmac, asphalt, and trickier surfaces.
What customers say:
One customer said this was their first ever longboard, and they couldn’t be happier with it. They said it’s easy to maneuver and great on tough ground, making it ideal for beginners.
Another customer who’s used many boards over the years said this was smoothest one they’ve ever ridden. They also said it has great turning, making it exceptional at dodging people or other obstacles in an urban environment.
About the brand:
Started by two friends, Jucker Hawaii’s products reflect the idyllic lifestyle and famous boarding culture of Hawaii. They use recycled and eco-friendly materials as often as they can, reflecting their native Hawaiian-inspired ethos of protecting the Earth and giving back what you take.
This longboard by Magneto is 42” and it’s made with bamboo and fiberglass, making it great for cruising, carving, or freestyling tricks. It has 7″ gravity-cast heavy duty aluminum trucks that are designed for carving and sharp turns. And it has 70mm x 53mm high rebound polyurethane 78A wheels with ABEC 11 bearings.
About the brand: Magneto Longboards aim to make high-quality boards that are also affordable. Their bamboo longboards have a fresh, natural look with etched graphics, and a clear epoxy sanded top.
Here’s a video about the Magneto Cruiser Longboard:
This bamboo longboard with its drop-through mount design is 41” by 9.6”. It’s made with vertically laminated bamboo. The hardware includes 10” Gullwing Charger trucks and 74mm 78A offset TS wheels. This is a great commuting board that rolls smoothly over sidewalk cracks, pebbles, and rocks. And the drop-through truck mounts make the board lower, easier to push, and more stable than others in its class.
About the brand:
A veteran in the skateboarding space, Sector 9 has been creating skateboards and longboards for over 25 years. They’re a company that is clearly devoted to their customers and their sport. And they’re happy to support pro boarders and skateboarding events around the world.
This bamboo longboard by White Wave is 40” long and comes complete with 180mm aluminum trucks and 65mm x 50mm high-rebound polyurethane wheels. It’s ready to go as soon as it arrives on your doorstep. It rolls smoothly, making it ideal for effortless carving and cruising. The clear grip tape allows the beautiful blend of bamboo and Canadian maple to shine through.
What customers say:
One customer thought the price was almost too good to be true – they were blown away by the quality of the board for the money. Plus, they said it rolls smoothly right out of the box.
Another customer said they usually buy cheaper decks and upgrade the trucks and wheels, but with this board, they didn’t see any need to upgrade anything because the standard parts are all high-quality.
About the brand: White Wave makes longboards in a few different shapes using maple wood and eco-friendly bamboo. They set out to create durable, quality boards at affordable prices. After rigorous testing and more than a few scrapes and bruises, they unleashed their maple and bamboo longboards with their natural aesthetics and super durable in their construction.
Quest makes a number of quality bamboo longboards at affordable prices. Sizes range from 36” to 44”. The Super Cruiser, featured here, is 44”. They’re made with layers of maple wood and have a bamboo deck. These longboards come with genuine ABEC 7 speed bearings, 7” aluminum trucks, precision ABEC 7 bearings, and hollow 4mm risers.
What customers say:
Quest’s Super Cruiser Longboard gets rave reviews from hundreds of customers. They say it’s great in an urban setting, for riding downhill fast, doing freestyle stunts, and more.
About the brand: Quest makes classic longboard skateboards, “do it all” cruisers, old school banana boards, and open wheel downhill bombers. All of their boards are designed with this mission in mind: to add excitement and adventure to your life, wherever it takes you.